March 2017

[caption id="attachment_28982" align="alignleft" width="174"] Wyat Switz Photography [/caption] An exciting event is coming to Valley Natural Foods! Brace yourself for a Bootlegger Kombucha Keg Party! You read that right; Bootlegger Brewing will be at our demo kiosk sampling their popular flavors of kombucha along with limited edition flavors. Bootlegger Brewing Organic Kombucha is locally produced in Apple Valley, Minnesota. They’re passionate about brewing organic kombucha made with simple ingredients that are locally sourced; like organic tea, evaporated cane juice and of course the mother SCOBY. What is a SCOBY you ask? SCOBY is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, but don’t be afraid of the bacteria because it’s actually good for you! The bacteria and yeast work together to ferment the sugars in the sweet tea to produce vitamins, enzymes, and probiotics which can help improve digestion along with other health benefits. Their kombuchas are

A smashing new treat has hit the shelves at Valley Natural Foods; Smash Mallows! Smash Mallows are snackable marshmallows made with organic cane sugar and simple, all-natural ingredients. They are then “whipped to perfection” and made into bite-size pieces. Each serving is only 80 calories and contains less than 1 gram of fat. We carry three of their flavors including: Cinnamon Churro, Strawberries & Cream, and Root Beer Float. Enjoy as is, or try using Smash Mallows in a variety of ways: Place on top of brownies for the last 5 minutes of baking and let them melt. Then using a lightly greased rubber scraper, spread the marshmallows evenly across the surface. Add to your cup of coffee or hot chocolate for new flavor combinations Use in place of regular marshmallows for crispy rice bars Visit their website for more recipe ideas: https://smashmallow.com/recipes/

Time to Sow Those Garden Seeds It's that exciting time of year when folks are starting to sow garden seeds indoors for their outside gardens! If you're the type of gardener who enjoys early garden activity, now's the perfect time to plan for your garden space.  Our area's average last frost date usually happens sometime between May 14-21.  Take a look at the following countdown recommended for starting garden seeds indoors: the number of weeks refers to how many weeks to sow seed before the last estimated frost date. 10-12 weeks: onions, leeks and chives 8-10 weeks: peppers, lettuce, broccoli and cabbage 6-8 weeks: eggplants and tomatoes 3-4 weeks: cucumbers, melons, pumpkins and squash Great Selection of Garden Seeds are Available Stop by our produce department and browse our racks of colorful, packaged garden seeds for veggies, fruits and flowers. Once again, we're proud to carry hardy varieties from Prairie Road Organic Seed, (local from North Dakota), and from High